Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juarez / Edition 1

Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juarez / Edition 1

by Kathleen Staudt
     
 

Between 1993 and 2003, more than 370 girls and women were murdered and their often-mutilated bodies dumped outside Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico. The murders have continued at a rate of approximately thirty per year, yet law enforcement officials have made no breakthroughs in finding the perpetrator(s). Drawing on in-depth surveys, workshops, and

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Between 1993 and 2003, more than 370 girls and women were murdered and their often-mutilated bodies dumped outside Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico. The murders have continued at a rate of approximately thirty per year, yet law enforcement officials have made no breakthroughs in finding the perpetrator(s). Drawing on in-depth surveys, workshops, and interviews of Juárez women and border activists, Violence and Activism at the Border provides crucial links between these disturbing crimes and a broader history of violence against women in Mexico. In addition, the ways in which local feminist activists used the Juárez murders to create international publicity and expose police impunity provides a unique case study of social movements in the borderlands, especially as statistics reveal that the rates of femicide in Juárez are actually similar to other regions of Mexico.

Also examining how non-governmental organizations have responded in the face of Mexican law enforcement's "normalization" of domestic violence, Staudt's study is a landmark development in the realm of global human rights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292718241
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Series:
Inter-America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
1,042,433
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Framing Perspectives
Chapter 2. Culture and Globalization: Male Backlash at the Border
Chapter 3. Women Speak About Violence and Fear: Surveys and Workshops
Appendix 3A. Research Design
Appendix 3B. Brochures Distributed to Participants
Chapter 4. Framing and Mobilizing Border Activism: From Femicide to Violence Against Women
Appendix 4A. Fiction or Nonfiction?
Appendix 4B. V-Day 2004 Proclamation, City of El Paso
Chapter 5. Government Responses to Violence Against Women
Chapter 6. Toward Eradicating Violence Against Women at the Border: Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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